Reduce Stress – 3 Ways To Reduce Stress Naturally

Ways To Reduce Stress And Reduce Bruxism

Bruxism is a curious condition, in that it is known to be caused by various stimuli yet there is more to be learned about why all of these causes affect certain people in this way and not others. One of the primary known causes of teeth grinding in sleep is stress – which in itself is a term that can raise a debate. Can you measurably diagnose stress in a person, against a set scale and by a defined test? Not really, so it has to be symptomatically diagnosed, and these symptoms may be attributable to other causes. Nonetheless, most doctors will recognise stress, as will many people who are not doctors.

Most of us will be able to detect stress – perhaps more assiduously in loved ones than we will in ourselves – and will know how it can affect a person. Often, we will know of good ways to treat it too. However, we are seemingly becoming less and less able to take the measures that prevent us from having problems with stress. Whether it is from the pressure of overwork or a desire to appear strong, many of us take a lot of convincing to even take a break when stress is becoming a problem. However, if you want to forestall Bruxism, it may be essential to de-stress yourself.

Different people will deal with stress in different ways, but there are certain factors that will always feature in anti-stress measures. Comfort, relaxation and a positive attitude are all necessary if you want to put stress behind you and feel better, and perhaps break the cycle of Bruxism. You may have your own ideas to add to the list that follows. If you do, so much the better – if they are your ideas then one of the most important factors, that of comfort, is already built in. The list of ideas detailed here is simply intended to give you some suggestions to follow.

Your Problems Are Your Problems: Many of us will be bemoaning our lot in life and then see a story about someone else, or somewhere else, undergoing a situation so extreme that it makes us feel guilty. “Why am I stressed about having to work a six-day week when this person knows he is terminally ill, or these people are living in poverty?”, you might ask yourself. And there is no doubting that those situations are dreadful, but don’t beat yourself up for feeling stressed about your life. That’s just counter-productive and makes you feel inadequate, and therefore more stressed.

Your problems are your problems. Sure, you may not need to worry about where the next meal is coming from, but it’s human to be occasionally discontented with your lot in life. If you feel like you shouldn’t complain, then all you are doing is repressing your frustrations and internalising your stress. Vent if you feel the need to; it is a much better approach than suffering in silence because at least the negative energy goes somewhere. If you are internalising, you are more likely to be grinding your teeth when you go to bed at night.

Give Yourself A Break: One often overlooked contributory factor in stress is monotony. You get up, you go to work, you do what you are paid to do and you go home. The next day, you repeat this. If your work is not especially fulfilling, before long you are spending your free time thinking about work, and leaving yourself no escape from the monotony. However, if you plan a little bit of leisure time – especially during the week – then all of a sudden the grind is not so unremitting. You get to kick loose for a while, you have something to look forward to and something to look back on.

One tip that has been suggested for people who work a five day week is to occasionally use a day’s holiday on the Thursday just to relax. As a result of that, Monday and Tuesday might not be so great, but on Wednesday you have the Thursday to look forward to and then when you’re back in on the Friday it is almost the weekend. It seems convoluted, but when you think about it it really breaks the week up and allows you to break the grind into manageable chunks.

Have A Relaxation Routine:  To some people, the idea of planning relaxation is antithetical to actually enjoying it, but if you set in place a routine for yourself then you can positively associate the things you do with the process of letting off steam. Eating a particular meal, playing a game, reading a book – whatever it is, you can make it into your shield against tedium and stress.

Some people find that they have a song that particularly helps when they feel this way. One of the major weapons of stress is its ability to make you feel like you’re being worn down. To make it less of a problem, find a song that makes you feel powerful and confident. When you are feeling stressed out, play that song and let it be your mantra. Play it loud (or quietly if it’s that kind of song), sing along and let it make you feel like you’re blowing away all of the stress and pressure. Treat it like a wrestler’s entrance music and walk tall to face your stress.

These are three quite differing approaches to dealing with stress, and they may be appropriate for different situations. Your approach may differ, but if you can just take the time to say to yourself that the stress will not defeat you, you can instantly begin to feel a lot more empowered and a lot less crushed by the issues that are making your life difficult. By taking the opportunity to blow your stress away you can reduce the likelihood that you will be grinding your teeth in your sleep; this is a vitally important step to eradicating Bruxism.

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